4.500
Introduction to Geometric Modeling

Required of: 
Undergraduates
Preference Given to: 
Course 4 majors and minors

Introduction

Product designers, engineers and architects use 3D modeling programs to model, render and fabricate ideas and products. A growing trend is 3D printing of geometric models by expert designers and novices alike to build ordinary items such as jewelry, toys and replacement parts (Making). Unfortunately for those new to modeling many questions arise when considering which modeling method works best for a given modeling task. Today there are least four ways to generate geometric models from a wide array of commercial CAD programs. To add to the confusion there are many questions related to best modeling practices for each type of output, trending software systems and emerging techniques related to plugins.

In response to these and many other questions this course teaches the fundamentals of geometric modeling for a variety of output methods and devices. Each week we explore a specific modeling method geared towards design output. We will cover the fundamentals in the first four weeks to build skills. Next we focus on design processing and a specific product. Students are required to complete museum quality models that will be evaluated by experts at various times throughout the term.

Learning Objectives

Grades are based on mastery of the following:

  1. Three principle methods of geometric modeling (Surface, Solid & Mesh)
  2. Rendering techniques (Images)
  3. Prototyping (Objects)
  4. Modeling in detail

 Class Format

The class meets twice a week and attendance is required for a passing grade. Students are expected to work with their own laptop in class. Lectures and labs happen together without distinction.

 Grading

A+       Mastery of geometric modeling, design processing and digital representation
A          Demonstrated master of geometric modeling and digital representation
A-         Demonstrated above average learning geometric models and digital representation
B          Satisfactory completion of the course
C          Below average performance in course

Attendance

  • We meet 24 times within the semester
  • More than 3 absences is a failing grade, this includes lab times

Assignments

  • Final grading is an average of the 12 assignments, the quality of the final presentation and class participation.
  • Paper Turn in only (no emailing) & stellar turnin
  • Late Assignment – Minus 10pts one week, Minus 20 pts second week
  • I do not accept assignments that are more than three weeks late.